Domenici endorses grant for Clovis Industrial Park

CNJ staff

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said Thursday he has endorsed an application for $1.5 million in federal economic development grant funding for infrastructure needed at the Clovis Industrial Park, according to a news release from his office.

Domenici has written Pedro Garza, regional director for the Economic Development Administration, endorsing the Clovis application for a $1.5 million EDA grant to allow the city to install the infrastructure that would support the Clovis Biodiesel and American Renewable Fuels facilities at the industrial park.

According to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry, CIDC submitted a preapplication in cooperation with the Eastern Plains Council of Governments to the EDA. Acceptance of the preapplication is needed before a full application is submitted, Gentry said. If the funds are approved, work would begin in the fall.

Gentry said the $1.5 million will be matched by a $1.4 million state grant and $100,000 in city funds. He said the money will be used for roads, water and sewer lines, and a rail spur at the industrial park.

“Clovis has presented an aggressive grant application to support a major push to attract renewable and clean energy facilities. To support such plants, the city is asking for aid to ensure its industrial park can support these bio-diesel plants,” Domenici said.

The EDA grant would help the city fulfill its obligation to install required infrastructure at the 237-acre park.

In April, Clovis Biodiesel began construction on its plant that will produce 15 million gallons a year. Construction on the American Renewable Fuels’ 75-million-gallon-a-year biodiesel facility is expected to begin in August. Both are expected to be in full production in 2008, according to the release.